Pistorius' prison sentence doubled to 13 years

Leigh Mccormick
November 27, 2017

More than four years after the Paralympian shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius was in court receiving a longer prison sentence on Friday.

South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal increased the sentence after the state argued that his original term of six years was "shockingly lenient".

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"They just feel that their trust in the justice system has been confirmed this morning", rep Tania Koen said. "But at the same time, people must realize that people think this is the end of the road for them. the fact is they still live with Reeva's loss every day". "She can now rest in peace", Koen told The Associated Press.

He found that Judge Masipa had over-emphasised Pistorius' personal circumstances and gave undue weight to rehabilitation against the other purposes of punishment, being prevention, deterrence and and retribution.

Oscar's brother Carl Pistorius tweeted that he was "Shattered".

Through a spokesperson, the family of Reeva Steenkamp expressed relief.

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Murder requires a 15-year minimum sentence in South Africa, yet Pistorius was still only handed six years. The conviction was overturned so Pistorius could be charged with murder, and he was convicted on that charge in December 2015.

Still not satisfied with the length of the sentence, the success of the prosecutors' further appeal now saddles Pistorius with 13 years and five months. He was then sentenced to six years for murder by Masipa, a decision also now rejected by the Supreme Court.

The Organisation Justice for Victims tweeted that 13 years was "still no justice".

Friday's Supreme Court decision also has possible consequences for where he is held for the remainder of his sentence.

Pistorious and Steenkamp before the shots that ended one life and ruined another.

The prosecutors appealed again, claiming the six-year sentence was "shockingly low".

Under the new sentence, the earliest Pistorius will be eligible for parole is 2023, according to the AP.

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